George Krambles Transportation Scholarship Awards

Nominations Sought for 2017 Krambles Competition

George Krambles

The annual George Krambles Transportation Scholarship Awards competition was established to honor the accomplishments of a legendary Chicago public transit leader.  The competition is open to any UIC Ph.D. or second-year Master’s degree candidate student within the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, College of Engineering, College of Business Administration or College of Public Health who is studying transportation, or a UTC Graduate Research Assistant working during the Fall 2017 semester.

This year marks the 11th year the program is administered by the Urban Transportation Center. Cash scholarship awards are given. All submissions must be related to some aspect of public transportation: Planning, policy, operations and management.  All participants must demonstrate that he or she plans to pursue a career in the transportation industry.


How to Participate:

Stage One – June 5 to July 14, 2017

Stage Two – July 14, to October 6, 2017

  • Letter: Draft a letter of interest detailing interest pursuing a career in transportation.
  • Resume/CV: Submit a resume or CV, including Grade Point Average. Applicants must be in good academic standing.
  • Paper: Submit the research paper. Remember, it must be related to an aspect of public transportation. The paper must be no longer than 15 pages, exclusive of title page, notes and bibliography. The paper should be of publishable quality, and must be an independent, original work that has not been published elsewhere.  Papers written for academic class assignments are not eligible, and only sole-authored papers are acceptable.

Judging Criteria:  

All submissions will be judged on these three criteria:  a) How effectively the topic relates to public transportation; b) The originality of the subject matter; c) The academic standing of the student.

Submission Timeline: 

Students planning to participate in the 2017 Krambles Awards must adhere to these deadlines:

How to Enter:

Candidates must submit all required materials in print format to Paul MetaxatosPhD, Urban Transportation Center, Suite 340 CUPPA Hall (m/c 357), 412 S. Peoria St., Chicago, IL 60607, or electronically to  Questions related to research topics should be directed to Dr. Metaxatos at (312) 996-4713.

Scholarship Awards: 

Cash scholarship awards will be given based on the recommendations of the awards judging committee.

Announcement of Winners:

Thge 2017 scholarship winners will be announced at the UTC and CUPPA Alumni Association reception January 8, 2018, held in conjunction with the Transportation Research Board 2018 Annual Meeting in Washington.


Please direct other questions to: Edward Bury at or 312-413-1967.

2016 Krambles Award Winners

First Place 2016 winner Ramin Shabanpour and UTC Director Dr. P.S. Sriraj. The awards were administered January 9, 2017 at the UTC and CUPPA Alumni Association Reception.

1st Place: Ramin Shabanpour for paper on: “Modeling Heterogeneity in Discrete Choice Models: Application of Latent-Segmentation Approach in Joint Modeling of Travel Mode and Departure Time Choice Behavior.”

2nd Place: Mohamadhossein Noruzoliaee for paper on: Transportation Network Equilibrium for Multimodal Travel: A New Equilibrium Problem with Equilibrium Constraints Framework.

3rd Place (tie): Moyin Li for paper on: “Mobility Disadvantage and Face-to-Face Social Meetings.”

3rd Place (tie): Jaeyong Shin for paper on: “The Causes of Declining VMT Among Young People.”

 2015 Krambles Award Winners

Ramin Shabanpour Anbarani and Ahmadreza Talebian at the UTC and CUPPA Alumni Association Reception January 12 held during the 2016 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington.

Ramin Shabanpour Anbarani and Ahmadreza Talebian at the UTC and CUPPA Alumni Association Reception January 12 held during the 2016 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington.

1st Place: Ahmadreza Talebian for the paper: “Capacity Allocation in Vertically Integrated Railway Systems: A Sequential Bargaining Game Approach With Focus on the U.S. Context.”

2nd Place: Mohamadhossein Noruzoliaee for the paper: “Infrastructure Investment Decisions in Multimodal Intercity Transportation Networks: An Equilibrium Approach.” Click here to download the paper.

3rd place: Ramin Shabanpour Anbarani for the paper: “Expanding the Applicability of Random Regret Minimization: An Exploratory Analysis in the Context of Travel Mode Choice in the Greater Chicago Area.” Click here to download the paper.


Krambles Awards Archive Page

Visit the George Krambles Transportation Scholarship Awards Archive page to learn more about Mr. Krambles and past scholarship winners.